You know RuPaul for his iconic drag, catchy albums, his pop culture phenomena RuPaul’s Drag Race, and maybe even listened to his podcast RuPaul: What’s the Tea?, but above all else he is ambassador of love and joy. Kindness, with a sprinkle of naughty, is a brand he’s perfected and, with two episodes into the three-week trial having aired, he seems poised to spread that love across daytime.
RuPaul holds court from a cozy pink, purple and gold set, easily putting his guests at ease. Paul deftly navigated pop culture with James Corden and Paula Abdul, the naughty with Adam Rippon, the adorable with Little Miss African American pageant girls. If his skill thus far is an indicator, soon he will handle politics with Democratic Presidential candidate Cory Booker.
Pals Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews rotate from seats in the audience to sitting with guests on stage, providing color commentary and humor, much like Drag Race fans are accustomed.
Watching The RuPaul Show, I found myself laughing and engaged as RuPaul took me on a humorous journey with his guests. It reminded me a bit of The Graham Norton Show from the UK, but appropriate for American daytime audiences.
In a daytime talk arena brimming with morning shows, talk shows and panels, The RuPaul Show feels like it will find a unique place in viewers hearts and homes. It is edgier than Ellen, but has much of her laughter and heart. RuPaul is fearless like The View, but without simmering vitriol. And RuPaul spills tea as easily as Wendy Williams.
RuPaul learned to love himself a long time ago and is now focused on making sure America does the same for itself.
The RuPaul Show began its three-week trial run on June 10 and is featured on Fox and My TV stations in major markets: New York, Los Angeles, The Bay Area, Houston, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Charlotte.
Check your local listings for air times.
Watch the first two episodes of The RuPaul Show below!